Zucchini Boats–Leftover Style

I’ve got some stuff in the fridge to use up.  Namely, some yellow zucchini and alfredo sauce:

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Zucchini can get…well, boring.  So you’ve got to spice it up somehow! Enter my Cajun alfredo sauce I had yesterday:

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(To make your own, mix black, red, and cayenne peppers and onion powder with about one cup of sauce until desired spiciness–see how this is nice and pink? It’s very spicy)

Curious to see what we’re making yet? Here’s a little sneak peek!

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Here’s what you’ll need for these lovely little boats:

2 zucchini

1 # ground sausage

1 small white onion

1.5 cups alfredo sauce

1/4 shredded mozzarella cheese

1/4 c. shredded parmesan cheese

Preheat the oven to 350.  Put the diced onion and sausage in a pan to brown.  Meanwhile, cut the zucchini in half lengthwise, then spoon out the middles, like so :

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In a bowl, combine the sauce and mozzarella.  Add the sausage once it’s all done cooking and mix well.

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Put the zucchini in a baking dish and spoon the mixture into the zucchini.  You may have a bit left over, depending on how big your squash is.  Sprinkle the top with parmesan cheese.

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Bake for 20-25 minutes.  The squash will still have a nice crisp to it.  For softer zucchini, boil it for 5 minutes or so before filling.  As the Hub-dubs says, “surprisingly not too bad!”

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Cooking for your best friend

Cooking for your family is easy–they are obligated to tell you it’s great. 

Cooking for your friends is tougher.  What if they don’t like it? You’ll start going out to eat instead of having fancy dinner parties that secretly suck.  But, there’s good news. There’s one friend who you can cook for and she’ll love it (and you) forever.  You can make the same dish over and over again, and she’ll scarf it down like there’s no tomorrow. 

Enter Yellow Dog. 

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She’s so photogenic.  And she’s eating our spent grain doggy treats!

Here’s what you’ll need:

4 c. spent grain

1 c. peanut butter

2 eggs

2 c. flour

This recipe was originally posted here.  I always do a double batch once the Hub-dubs is done brewing. 

First, get out a big bowl and measure out your grain.  Accuracy is not the most important thing in the world here. 

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Then you need to get to mixing.  I’ve found it’s best to really get in there nice and deep-like and smash it all around with your hands.  It’s awfully messy, but it’s effective!

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Once it’s all mixed, pat into one or two cookie sheets.  You want your treats thick, but not so thick they never dry out.  Once it’s all patted down, take a butter knife and cut the treats in the shape you want them. 

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Put the pan in the oven at 350 for about 30 minutes or so.  Again, accuracy is sooooo not important here.  After the first go-round in the oven, they should look something like this:

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…Except not as blurry.  Turn down your oven to 200.  Loosen the treats from the pan and spread them all out–you could even use an extra pan to spread them all out.  Put them back in the oven until they’re all dried out, about 4 hours. 

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As you can see, Yellow Dog just looooves her little treats.  And your furry friend will too!